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[Theme of the Month] Our relationship to music and dramas

Music is this month’s theme! More specifically:

What is your relationship with music and dramas?

It’s a broad topic, but one that we wanted to leave somewhat open because there are so many ways in which music and dramas intersect, and how we as viewers relate to that.

Maybe one reader will love all musical-themed dramas under the sun (see: Dream High, Shut Up: Flower Boy Band). Maybe another will be enamored of a particular type of background score, or OST ballad. Someone else may have a different relationship entirely.

What we aren’t asking is for you to only talk about your favorite music in a drama, or your favorite drama about music. We want to hear about how music and dramas intersect, and how that affects your viewing experience. (Of course, feel free to talk about your favorite OSTs and dramas about music! We’re just not restricting the topic to those areas.)

 
To submit:

  • Email your submissions to [email protected] If you have a registered Dramabeans account, include your handle so we can link to it.
  • Include at least 1 image, though more is preferred.
  • Suggested length: Between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Deadline: We will post these on a rolling basis, so we’re taking submissions now. We will cut off accepting submissions on September 25. If you miss this month, join us for a new theme in October!

(Tip: Please name your documents and attachments something other than “Theme of the month” or “Dramabeans,” please! Submissions can be hard to track if they’re all named the same thing.)

 
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I've never watched Boys Over Flowers but I won't be surprised if someone wrote about Almost Paradise. Or Love is The Moment for The Heirs. Basically the annoying over-used OST.

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Hahaha, ngl, I totally sang those song titles you mentioned. They may have been annoying and overused, but boy is it hard not to sing along to 'em. Just me?

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Hahaha I also did what you did when I saw the titles, I sang instead of reading. ? Now, Almost Paradise song is stuck in my head.

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+1 ?

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I sang the titles when I was writing my comment ha.

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For me it's "hello you shiny boy," (or something like that.) I wanted to share my love of K-Drama with my youngest son when he was home on a college break. I'd forgotten how inane that song was. (Especially when the music was so awesome in the first few episodes.) I still start my messages to him, "hello you shiny boy" occasionally. We laugh.

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Forgot to mention the drama was "City Hunter." (I know it's not necessary for most beanies, but maybe there are some who can't make the shiny/Hunter connection.)

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HA thank you because I did not make the connection, but I did just greet the cat with "hello, you shiny boy" thanks to you ?

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That's Cupid from City Hunter, I love that song it's just a happy song for a crush

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Gah! Now BOF most is back in my head!!
Almost Paradiseeeee.... (& it's annoying instrumental in the background every time the rich guys got ready like princesses)
Baby I love you I'm waiting for youuuu....
I'll be waiting for you.... (Every single time that Jan Di cried )
Lucky in my life....(....lucky in my dreams!!!) This song I can't even....

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Hahah it's kinda annoying when OST stuck in your head when the lyrics are repetitive. Now I remember One More Time song from Playful Kiss.

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BOF was my very first KDrama but I forgot the OSTs, until I searched them up and it was immediate recollection...thanks to Lucky and I'll be waiting for you. One OST I'll never mind though is Fated To Love You's title song. That thing is catchy in a good way!

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Nah. Watching BOF (my second drama) got me to look up cast members on Google. From there, I followed links to YouTube music videos for SS501, which sent me down the K-pop YouTube rabbit hole. I haven't really come out of said rabbit hole except to watch more dramas. Niw I can't remember the last time I've listened to music in my own language (English).

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Oh, I did the same thing. The first kdrama I watched was Secret Garden and I loved the music in that show so much I started looking for it on Youtube. Now 3 years later my iTunes playlists are all Shinee, TVXQ, Jungigo, Sandeul and so on. I tell people I'm listening to my version of opera because I don't know what they are singing but I feel it all. I haven't listened to english music since. Lately I've wandered into Japanese pop and African pop.
Who knows I might even try and write an essay about my love of kPop and dramas for this month.

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LOL !!! Those songs were so annoying!!! I was almost getting a similar feeling with Love Story while watching Legend of the Blue Sea.

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Yay I love this month's theme as well! I'm looking forward to read beanies' posts and learn more musical dramas or OSTs that I might have never heard of.

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music is the aspect that reaches cell level for me. when usually I don´t cry and only get annoyed at melodramatic things, I am helpless when there is music that manages to move me. how to say, it knows my acupressure points.

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and it is also the thing that haunts me longest, even longer than any swoony scene can ever do. Sometimes I get obsessed with a song - it was really really bad with the 38 Police Unit themes Run and Cool, they were both my ringtones and I annoyed the hell out of people by playing them every chance I got. I even called myself to make my phone ring, LOL. Before that, I remember Jang Geun Suk´s What should I do? haunting me about 2 months, I even made estonian lyrics for it.

I have the tendency to spontaniously burst into a song on the street and when I get home after work, sometimes when it is a drama song that pops out I just go "Ba-babaa!" not knowing the lyrics. and of course, whenever the theme song starts playing all the emotions from the time of watching the drama come back.

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I think that's the best part, when hearing the songs makes you get all the feels you had for the show, what was going on in your life as you watched, sometimes I even get reminded of the season when the show was on.

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In general music tells the same story with different means in best case but worst case it turns the drama into a Joke. My favorite soundtrack + story symbiosis is I Remember You where the music seemed to be an organic part of the events, not even "background".

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So agree with you

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I love collecting drama OSTs. Even the dramas that I have not seen but heard good things about the OST like Jealousy Incarnate and Cheese in the Trap. So good.

I have so many but my most memorable ones and my faves are from Coffee Prince (including all the unofficial songs), MDBC, Goblin, Pinocchio, and W.

Coffee Prince OST is chill. The kind I like to listen to on a drive or a rainy day. It is even better when I remember scenes from the drama with each song.

Since my drama slump, my playlist has been Goblin OST. More than the songs, the instrumentals are really good. Same with W. A+ work of music director. MDBC theme never fails to give me feels. Gummy is amazing!

I have so much more. Hehe! I am excited to see the submissions of fellow beanies and have a music-centric discussions!

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Me too! I have a playlist on Spotify collecting OSTs from the dramas I've watched. My fav at the moment is Seven Day Queen OST. It's amazing. Do check it out. I needed to use YouTube to listen to them at first and then they finally came out on Spotify. Junggigo is amazing too.

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The Seven Day Queen drama just nailed everything ---> story, casting, directing, cinematography, and yes, the music :)

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one of the best dramas of this year, I agree with you they nailed it.

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The Coffee Prince OST is really awesome :)

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I have undying love for The Princess' Man OST

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We've learned in the field of Alzheimers that the last thing people forget is music.
I'm afraid now when I'm older and living with dementia the only songs I'll remember are the Korean pop songs and the caregivers won't have a clue what to do with me!
then I'll have to tell them about Secret Garden and Twenty Again, Cheese in the Trap and they will really think I'm more nuts than I'll be! haha

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Always a good discussion going on right before I have to go out. ?

Favorite OSTs are from The Devil and Six Flying Dragons. Probably could think of more but gotta run. My ability to write is really poor right now so won't be seeing a submission from me but can't wait to read the others!

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I love this new theme of the month ? !
Recently, I fell hard for Falsify OST , in particular the first use of it in the drama (the scene, the feelings) , I love it so much that it took me almost 20eps to realize there was only one song used so far as OST, which is so unusual in dramaland ?.
As usual, my schedule is quite full, I don't know if I'll find the time to write about this theme, one thing for sure : I can't wait to read Beanies relationship to music & dramas ?, and get to know more OST and dramas ?.

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@kudoran The same thing happened to me! I kept on thinking that the OST of Falsify is so good (I like its score too!) then when I stopped and tried to focus which songs I like, I realized that it's just one song. Lol. Gah

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Thank you :) , now I know I'm not alone ;) ㅋㅋㅋ

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Many Kdrama ost is so memorable that I can sing at least one of them when I saw the drama title.

Even when I stopped listening to ost, I can remember the lyric when I heard they play it.

cue You're beautiful OST

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yasss.... all of JGS' drama where he plays a musician has awesome OST, even MSOAN..

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Okay, I still remember the songs he sang in Mary Stayed Out All Night. I loved My Precious and Take Care, My Bus (cringeworthy title tho lol)

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Damn it! I just finished writing for Revisit old drama Dream High 1&2, and this theme and *photo* came out!

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While Shut Up Flower Boy Band is my greatest of all time K drama ever, I think School 2015 has one of the best OSTs I've heard in dramaland. I remember playing Reset for three solid hours. And I hear it even in my sleep. Lol.

I wanna reset
I wanna reset
I wanna reseeeeeeeeeeeeeet~~~~~

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That Reset song was my ultimate jam when I watched that drama, even after few months School 2015 finished. Damn, that song is so lit! Jinsil and Tiger JK are an awesome combo!

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omg same.... lol
now it's stuck in my head
i wanna reseeeettt.....

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Love it. It was so addictive !

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I totally forgot about this song ... I remember I was re-energized every time I heard it... thank you for reminding me of this gem

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man, im not good with essay, but i do want to see someone wrote about the beauty of Rebel: Thief who stole the people OST. powerful music there. Ahn Ye Eun's song is truly gem of that drama.

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I would try, and the editors at dramabeans will work their magic, I'm sure!

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Monstar! ❤️️❤️️❤️️

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Right there with you!

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Yeah, me too. Every song in Monstar is my fave. I still watch the parts where the kids singing until now.

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I am looking forward to see what beanies come up with for this one! Who wants to bet there will be at least 2 posts (probably more submissions) mentioning Liar and his Lover? ;)

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Well, @obsessedmuch, your comment has become the most upvoted comment on this thread just by mentioning TLAHL.
It turns out that Liar Beanies are still going strong :D

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It's always nice when a great drama has a great OST -- I mean the score, not just the songs. Some of my favorites are Drinking Solo, which is jazz~ I even got my no-to-kdrama officemate addicted to it, lol; and The Innocent Man, which almost made me buy a violin just so I can learn to play the music.

But my most recent favorite (as in since January, lol) is still Weightlifting Fairy's. I like how the instruments in the scores symbolized the different sides of Bok-joo: the electric guitar in her theme song screams swag; the piano/xylophone-ish tunes for her girly/shy/insecure side; the big drums in the score 3 Ugly People really feel like her, Nan-hee and Seon-ok bouncing around; even the cello was beautiful, to me it sounds like longing, or like the gap between Bokjoo's real self and the ideal version she initially wants herself to be. Gah. The first instrumental score on the soundtrack I think is called Clear, and every time I listen to it I just feel like tomorrow is going to be better than today... Not a lot, but a little better.

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If you liked the Drinking Solo OST, which is by Jannabi, may I recommend the other OSTs they've done?
Ex Girlfriend Club, Dear My Friends and Second 20s, and also their album Monkey Hotel. :)

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Thanks, will check it out!

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Glad someone else feels the same way about Innocent Man ost. I bought it and played it on my violin and the piano. I think, because of the music alone, it's probably in my top 5 dramas of all time.

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*rubbing hands together in glee* Oh I am SO all over this! *squeeeee*

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I'm counting on you now! ?

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Were you thinking of ME when you came up with this topic? Not a writer, but hopefully I have something inspiring to say!

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Music is one of those things that I oftentimes find extremely unnecessary in dramas. Not a music lover but there are OSTs that I remember fondly. It's ok, It's Love had some of the best songs. I've looked up the artists and they're all very talented with great voices. And I have, of course, saved all of HEALER songs!

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Oh myyyyy loooooove~!

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It's YoOoOOUuUuU~~~~?????

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It's Okay, That's Love had a GREAT soundtrack! I heard that song "Hero" in a restaurant once and went berserk. My friends were so confused lol. "Sunboat" is a song I listen to regularly!

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My favourite that I play regularly in the car is Sleepless Night. It reminds me of Gong Hyo-jin's character that I loved very much.
And Davichi(?)'s drama's title ST is so beautiful it hurts just like the drama itself.

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Does anyone have ANY clue on the song that they play in the cafe? I think jo insung was talking with Gong Hyojin's sister there and this song was playing in the background.. ><

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I don't have to write a full article on this.

Mostly my love for music is directly proportional to my love for the show.
Latest example is the best hit, I really liked the song Beautiful Beautiful because it was upbeat & light but also because it was the theme song of the leads.
Other examples include Master's Sun, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. I guess the plot helps me to enjoy the music more.
And there are few other times when a music of a drama that I haven't seen or don't like appeals to me. And I've never really liked a complete ost of any drama ever.
Finished.

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HyoLyn in Master's Sun never leave my playlist

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Omg same that song is like an all-time classic to me

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That was a great song for that drama.

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Oh my gosh, the Master's Sun OST is my all time fave! I loved it so much i even bought the entire album on itunes the day it came out, which i usually don't do unless i really like the album. The W ost was really good too.

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'What is your relationship with music and dramas?' Answer: a very very close one! I love this theme.

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Whoaahh. So timely! I have been listening to the OSTs nonstop this week and watching MVs to try and relive the feels the dramas made me. ? I'll be looking forward to read your posts! ???

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I've been doing the same! Listening to OSTs nonstop for the past month. What are you listening to? I've listening to The Best Hit, Fight My Way and some Goblin.

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I have all the tracks from Scarlet Heart Ryeo and even tried memorizing the lyrics of "All With You." lols. FMY, TBH, The legend of the blue sea , KMHM, and Jealousy Incarnate OSTs too. Basically everything. ?

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And oh! The Reunited World's Kiss Me by SE O, I'm having LSS!

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The absolutely best OST I've ever heard comes from "Goblin". I purchased it and listen to it frequently.

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I haven't written for Dramabeans's theme of the month so far but now I really want to! I love to collect OST albums for the dramas where I loved the OST and now I have a shelf dedicated to all the OSTs I own. I feel like many times and OST can make or break the drama. If they have the right feel and used at the right time, they work beautifully to enrich the drama watching experience. Hope I can find time to write for this hahaha! Looking forward to reading what all other beanies have to save.

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I remember being so into many dramas that I actually thought their music was playing at stores like Target (oh, say, Secret Garden).

I don't think kdrama would have hooked me nearly as hard without the OSTs, for me they are comparable to good movie scores and I love them. The only thing I listen to in the car is kdrama soundtracks.

My all-time favorites are, in order, Kim Sam Soon, Coffee Prince and Soulmate.

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It's a thing of beauty whenever an OST and a scene meshes well together. It really hits you in the feels. Best example I can think of: "Goodbye My Love" from Fated To Love You. Oooof! Powerful stuff.

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Oh I love that song!

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And the MV- SNIFFFFFFF. Damned Jang Hyuk!

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See there's a lot one could cover in this; the pesky background scores which aren't part of the OST but are really good and get stuck in your head), the background pop songs that feature your favourite artists or introduce you to new artists, mis timed music cues, interruption of score for the OST *smh*, that intensely catchy theme tune that hooks you every episode, and gets you into obscure Korean indie jazz rock bands (JANNABI! I'm looking at you!), well timed music cues! in scenes made 10X more beautiful because of the OST, music that brings Nostalgia...
Looking forward to reading everyone's posts and MAYBE maybe submitting idk.

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Cool.?

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Beside the chemistry between characters, I think the OSTs was one factor which kept me enjoying the sloppily writen Heartstring. All of them is good song and I appreciate it even more as they cast real musicians (Jung Yonghwa and Kang Minhyuk) for the characters who do music. It brings the sense of realism to higher degree.

It is something that hardly presents when the drama cast actor who only learns before filming or who never actually experiences real stage performance. Not even Joo Won and Shim Eunkyung (in Tomorrow's Cantabile) makes it believable enough.

Different story with Nodame Cantabile, though. Tamaki Hiroshi's acting is too strong that it overshadows the mismatch hand-synching for piano/violin scenes. He even gets praised from the actual conductor when it comes to conducting scenes, proving how great he is at recreating. But it has to be noted that he is musician & singer irl too. Of course his musical sense be a great help to the acting.

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Oh Lord, this is gonna be friggin' hard.
I literally live for OSTs and I have like so much OSTs in my phone in folders. I even play them on my piano or guitar so this challenge is just made for me.
Imma start writing this one right away. Wooooo!

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I forgot Kill Me, Heal Me, where every theme was like the heartbeat of the character it represented, especially Shin Se Gi´s flamboyant tune Freak. It is a drama that could be developed into a musical or a ballet on stage. I am imagine a song called "Oppa!" by Ahn Yo Na, "Remember..." by Shin Se Gi... ah, but poor actor who has to do everything though. Another drama that I think would transfer excellently into a musical is Oh My Ghostess. Emotional side covered by the ghost, cute side by Bong-Sun. and think of the evil ghost having a song!

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This month's theme us perfect for Coffee Prince and Soulmate.

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OSTs introduced me to K-pop (started with Fly To The Sky singing the theme for Fashion 70s). My all-time faves for OSTs are:

- Soulmate
- I'm Sorry I Love You
- Chuno

Last soundtrack I really liked was Another Oh Hae Young.

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Chuno seriously has some of the best non-lyrical OSTs in kdramaland. I haven't watched the drama but I'm a fan of its OST. "Biingnyeolii" is an amazing instrumental piece on its own!

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Great theme this month. Looking forward to reading the submissions from our fellow Beanies!

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I cant be the only one who watched whats up back then.. right?

I think my favourite use of ost would be the death song in Moon Lovers. I love how they use that song to accompany the death scenes, and how not every character deaths get the privilege to have that song play lol which i guess gives us an insight of how we should be looking at the characters. Its like an added aspect to interpret the characters, the scenes and the plot..

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Music in dramas is a huge topic, to me the ost were and still are, my first steps into the k pop. I was introduce to Ailee on Fated to love you and I loooove her. I did also found out about BtoB while playing stuff in Youtube and listened so many time "For You" that I watched Cinderella and 4 knights after it.

This is a great topic and maybe it will help us to widen our K. OST playlist

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This sounds like an interesting topic to write something for. Hmm. Ideas ideas.

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Hello, amazing theme. You and I will become very well-acquainted!

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Maybe because Sassy Girl Chun Hyang drama is my most fav. romcom, I really love that OST by Lim Hyung Joo - Haeng Bok Ha Gil Ba Rae. I still listening to that song until today even I watched that drama like 10 years ago.

Other than that, I love Gumiho OST- Fox Rain because it has=s really unique sound and never I pay attention to the BGM until I watched Mirror of the Witch. The soundtrack during the Saeron's transformation using Korean traditional instruments is really creepy and amazing. I'm watching Save Me nowadays and the drumming part for intense BGM remind me of Mirror of the Witch sound.

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Ohhhhhh! Perfect theme! So vital to completing the "feels" of a drama! Of course, it's a full circle … the acting, direction, and script must be in sync for the true magic to happen.

However, that doesn't mean that a drama that goes awry could still hold its own with the OST … ? ? ? Can't wait for the chosen article!

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One of my earliest obsession with OSTs was with the Spring Waltz OST, even more so than that of Winter Sonata, in fact.

And I have a particular fondness for when the Leads sing for the OST.

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Yes! Finally what I've been dreaming about has come to light!

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Cool. You gals are so skilled at coming up with these topics!

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I was going through YouTube and saw a full playlist of the OST for On the Way to the Airport. Gave it a listen after a very long time and now the songs are on repeat. I can't really pick a favourite because I love all songs equally.

I now remember why I love the OST so much. They're very calming and soothing. I can picture myself going for a drive a night while enjoying the night breeze and listening to these lovely tunes.

I really wanna do that right now except that it's almost midnight. Don't think I'll be able to feel calm driving alone at this hour ?

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